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DIY Personalized Stationary

We know it has been a while since you have heard from us, and boy have we all dropped the ball a bit! Truth be told, we have all had to take a little time away from the blog but have been busily engrossed in work, moves, travel to far away places…and a baby! Yes, the past three months have flown by for me personally since my daughter was born. I could write several blog posts on the past twelve weeks, but today’s has very little to do with my new status as a mommy.

Throughout my pregnancy and after I have been blessed to have amazing support from family and friends. Whether nearby or far away our home has been showered with beautiful gifts and cards of support. Somehow, despite the chaos of becoming a new mom, I managed to turn around Thank You cards within a week’s window.

What I never seemed to have time to do was go to the store to find new sets of Thank You stationary, so I needed to come up with another solution!

Enter the fabulous world of Etsy and Target!

On my numerous trips to Target to pick up Thank You cards I noticed a value pack box of blank note cards in fabulous colors! I loved the variety of colors and the fact that I could make one purchase and then not have to visit the aisle for a bit.

While the cards were so beautiful, they needed a little something to spice them up a bit and create a more personalized touch. I looked on Etsy and found a number of vendors that create personalized rubber stamps. Working with one such vendor, I had a stamp created with my name and a decorative “F” for my last name’s first initial and voila I had the perfect addition to my blank note cards.

To this day, I use this combination weekly. Whether for a last-minute Thank You card or a “I’m thinking of you” note to a friend, it is a handy way to create your own personalized stationary using just a few simple purchases.

Do you have a DIY you use for your Thank You notes? If so, we want to hear!

Valentine’s Day Decorating

I have a personal motto to celebrate everything I can. It might sound kitschy, but I love holidays. Holidays are a time of happiness, a time of gathering together and sometimes an excuse to perk up an ordinary day. I don’t believe that holidays need to be a big deal—just a recognition of the moment. Maybe it is just an excuse to decorate, play dress up and bake sweets…but I make an effort to celebrate (even if in a small way) each holiday.

The first big holiday of the New Year is Valentine’s Day. This past Valentine’s Day is an extremely special one for me. One week ago, I got engaged. My fiancé completely surprised me when he popped the question and I must admit that it was the happiest moment of my life (so far). The past week has been a whirlwind of excitement, fun and (most importantly) love.

I’m definitely feeling the love this year, and in the spirit of St. Valentine wanted to share a few pops of festive fun that I incorporated into my home this Valentine’s Day. Even though Valentine’s weekend is coming to an end, that doesn’t mean you have to collect all your decorations already—I tend to incorporate a few items of décor that can be left out all year long.

Heart-Shaped Wood Bowls from The Little Market
I have had my eye on these hand-carved bowls for some time and with Valentine’s Day approaching, I decided that this was the perfect time to place my order. I instantly loved these heart-shaped Wild Olive Wood bowls from The Little Market. The Little Market is an online marketplace of artisans around the world. I know my purchase was not only a fun one, but also one that gives back to local artisans worldwide. These bowls are perfect for small snacks or sides, or for decorating, and they can be displayed all year-around.

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Paper Heart Banner from Etsy
Last year, I ordered this red and white paper heart banner from Etsy. Etsy is a definite must for custom and unique finds. This simple banner is perfect to lay across a table, hang from a banister or in my home, drape from a mirror. The hearts are about 2 inches in height and add just the right holiday pop! Banners are a fun way to add a simple touch to your holiday décor – and as an added bonus they can most often be stored easily for years to come.

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Festive Wrapping
I love wrapping presents (and not just because I’m good at folding corners and tying bows). I admit that I have rolls of wrapping paper for most holidays and celebrations – and of course ribbons and bows to coordinate. This year I wrapped a Valentine gift for my fiancé in white paper decorated with hearts, and tied the package with a cream burlap ribbon. The paper came from Home Goods and the ribbon from Michael’s Arts and Crafts – two of my favorites for crafting.

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Here’s a tip: post-Valentine’s Day is the best time to pick up holiday-themed items—you will likely find many items on sale! Stock up and save them for next year!

Whether you celebrated with a special someone, a group of special someone’s or spent time solo, we hope you took this day to spread some love and feel some love! Hope you enjoyed your Valentine’s Day! xoxo